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U.S. immigration law: phaseout of DACA program facing challenges

Most Floridians have heard the news of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program being phased out. Last week we discussed the implications this may have on current DACA participants. But, like a lot of legislation, this was met with legal challenges.

FDA issues warning letter to Florida stem cell clinic

There are many different medications and medical treatments in use in Florida. These are constantly being improved and new drugs and treatments are being developed. This can be a good thing and can help patients recover from medical conditions where other treatments have failed. However, these new treatments and medications can also be dangerous if they have not been properly investigated or have not been approved for use by the FDA.

Recently the FDA issued a warning letter to a stem cell clinic in South Florida. This same clinic had three different lawsuits against it a couple of years ago after stem cell injections caused patients' retinas to detach. The new warning letter is for a separate issue though. The letter states that the clinic failed to maintain records on machine maintenance and cleaning. There were also violations for not properly testing stem cell batches for toxins prior to using them.

What do the changes to the DACA law mean for immigrant Dreamers?

As many people in Florida are aware, President Donald J. Trump recently rescinded the DACA law and outlined the phase out of the program over the next six months in another change to U.S. Immigration Law. In the meantime, Congress could pass laws on this issue. However, until that happens the phase out will take place. There are many so-called "Dreamers" in Florida who may be affected by this phase out and many want to know how they will be affected immediately.

DACA protected children under age 31 of illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents before they were 16-years-old. These children were allowed to stay in the United States under DACA, provided that they were in school or graduated from high school, obtained a GED or served in the military, had not left the United States since 2007 and had not been convicted of a felony, a serious misdemeanor or multiple misdemeanors.

Helping families bring their children to Florida

There are many people in Florida who have family members in other countries. While the bond between any family member can be strong, there is a unique bond between children and parents. It is important for parents to have their children living with them. This is not always an easy process, but there are options available to parents. They can sponsor their children for visas which can start the process towards child citizenship.

However, there are a number of different visas and knowing which one is the correct visa can be complicated. This process starts with the status of the parent living in Florida. There is a one visa for U.S. citizens and a different one for permanent residents. After a parent knows the correct visa to apply for, then they must actually go through the application process. It is important to do this correctly to help ensure a child can come here as soon as possible.

Motorcyclist dies after being hit by another vehicle

There are many motorcycles on the roads in Florida. They can be a fun mode of transportation, but there are also dangers inherent in riding them that other motor vehicles do not experience. One is that if they are struck by other vehicles or they spin out, they do not have much protection from the concrete and other elements. Also, they are much smaller than most other vehicles and other drivers may not see them when they make turns or change lanes.

The results of these accidents are usually very devastating for the motorcyclist. Sometimes the motorcyclist even dies. Unfortunately a woman who was recently out riding her motorcycle with her husband died in a fatal accident.

Family immigration: sponsoring non-immediate family members

It is important for families in Florida to be close to each other. This means being close emotionally and physically in many instances. Advances in technology may have made it easier for families to stay in contact with each other even if they live in different countries, but nothing can truly replace in-person interaction. Also, many times it is important for people to help family members in other countries escape bad situations and have a fresh start in the United States.

There are ways that people can help family members come to the U.S. and obtain Green Cards through family immigration. However, there are different processes for immediate family members and other family members. It is easier if a U.S. citizen is petitioning for an immediate family member, but there is a process for other family members as well.

When is a crime committed by an immigrant a deportable offense?

There are many laws in Florida that try to ensure people do not harm others or themselves. If people violate these laws, they commit crimes. If people are ultimately convicted of the crime, they could face different punishment depending on the severity of the offense. However, many people find out that the punishment from the court is not always the worse punishment that comes with a conviction.

Many times the collateral consequences affect people's lives more than the punishment from the court. These punishments could be the loss of a job or not being able to live in a place that the person wishes to live. For immigrants, it could mean that they are deported from the U.S., according to U.S. immigration law.

When are store owners liable for slip-and-fall accidents?

Online shopping is becoming more and more popular in Florida. It may be the future of shopping, but today there are still many stores that have buildings where people go in and buy the items right there. People go to grocery stores, clothing stores, hardware and home goods stores, stores for electronics and many other types of stores. While people are in these stores they expect to be safe, and be able to go in buy what they would like and leave.

However, this is not always the case. Sometimes there are accidents and people suffer injuries as a result. One of the most common types of accidents are slip-and-fall accidents. These can occur when there is some kind of liquid on a floor that the shopper does not see and slips after stepping in it. These can seem like small accidents, but they can cause serious injuries depending on how the shopper falls and lands.

Immigration statistics for Florida

There are millions of people who call Florida home. These people come from many different backgrounds and currently live in Florida for many different reasons. Some were born here, some came from another state for a job or to go to school. Some came to be closer to family. Many others also came from other countries to live in Florida. There are many immigrants who make up a large portion of the population.

In 2015, there were a total of 20,271,272 people living in Florida. Out of that number 16,185,032 were born in the U.S. and 4,086,240 were born in a foreign country, which is approximately 20 percent of the total population. The number of foreign born individuals living in Florida in 2015 is almost twice as many as those in 2000.

Certain expedited employment visas are being processed again

There are many people around the world who would like to move to various cities in Florida. These people all want to come here for various reasons as well. It could be to escape poor living conditions in their own country. It could be to live with family, who have previously moved here, to go to school and for many other reasons. One of these other reasons is for employment immigration. Many people move here for jobs, many of them in high tech type jobs.

There is a certain kind of visa, an H-1B, that is a unique visa often utilized by tech workers coming to the U.S. for jobs. This visa is unique for a couple of different reasons. One reason is that they are capped at 85,000 and people get them through a lottery on April 1st each year. Another unique aspect is that they can be expedited for an increased fee and must be processed within 15 days if expedited.

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